Teenager made to crawl along railway on all fours like a dog in humiliating ordeal, court hears

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: ARCHANT

A teenager was left in a field with a broken jaw after being subjected to a humiliating ordeal during which he was made to crawl along a railway track on all fours like a dog, a court has heard.

During his ordeal, which lasted several hours, Nathaniel Saunders was also ordered to carry a log above his head while being punched and kicked in the ribs and was also made to do press-ups while being kicked, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Gareth Hughes, prosecuting, said that while 18-year-old Mr Saunders was being made to crawl along the railway track one of his attackers pretended to film him on a mobile phone.

He was also told to jump off a bridge, which he refused to do, and was hit with branches. He was also told by one of his attackers that if he had a knife he would cut off his fingers.

Mr Hughes said the “humiliating” ordeal ended with Mr Saunders being punched in the face by 21-year-old Daniel Fleming, resulting in him suffering a broken jaw which required surgery to insert a metal plate and screws.


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Fleming, of Cangle Junction, Haverhill and Samuel Turner, 19, of Wood Close, Brandon, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Saunders in March 2017.

Fleming was given a 24-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work and Turner was given 15 months youth detention suspended for two years and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work.

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A third defendant, Jordan Battiste, 18, of Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, admitted assaulting Mr Saunders and was given eight months youth detention suspended for two years and 80 hours unpaid work.

The court heard Fleming had been upset because he believed Mr Saunders had been seeing his former girlfriend behind his back.

Andrew Thompson, for Fleming, said his client did not accepted Mr Saunders was made to crawl along a railway track and said it was a public footpath.

He said Fleming denied Mr Saunders was made to carry a log above his head for more than a mile or saying he would cut off his fingers off he had a knife.

Kelly Fernandez-Lee, for Turner, said he accepted hitting Mr Saunders with a branch.

Lucy Ginsberg, for Battiste, said he accepted punching Mr Saunders in the ribs.

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